Back to School Lunches 

As a mom of 4 I have to be somewhat organized!  Our house is not over the top organized in any way, but 4 kids can destroy a house in a nanosecond!  


I really try to stay on top of the chaos and keep life simple. I like to be “Yes!” Mom and if I am not on top of things all I can do is say “No!”  

This year we decided to try being more organized with lunches. We, me and my 8th grader who has amazingly made all the kid lunches every day, every school year!  I would say I’ve helped maybe a total of 10 times. 


I wanted to remove her stress of doing lunches and see if I could help simplify the process and be involved without having to be involved while getting four kids ready and out the door!  So we came to this conclusion: 

THE DOOR HANGER LUNCH SAVER:


The door hanger has 4 columns, one for each child. We put a fruit, we pre bag chips and a snack in each, then we get a sandwich and pack it.  The bottom 6th pocket holds 5 snacks one for each day. 

So basically, this is what the first week of school lunch consists of 48 pieces of bread, 48 strips of turkey bacon, 25 ounces of turkey, 20 bags of chips, 20 treats, 20 pieces of fruit, 15 pieces of cheese and 20 snacks! 

So now I can excitedly announce, “We have successfully made it through the first week of school with sandwiches!”
BUT and this is a big BUT!!!!  We need 4 water bottles that don’t LEAK!!!!  Like don’t LEAK AT ALL!  Suggestions please!!!  

Back to school 

So it’s back to school and today was Meet the Teacher. I created some cute little gifts for the teachers. 

That was fun, but more pressing issues are at hand. My baby is going into kinder and I am like, “UH he was just born and yeah I am not ready for this! OH and he has food allergies and I am supposed to trust people I hardly know with him?!? He’s  the baby and did I mention I think I just cured him of door licking? Oh and one last think I forgot to mention is he is the baby, my baby…baby of the FAM OH LEE”


So what do you tell the teachers about your kids?  Do you have kids that have food allergies?  How detailed do you go?  Do you have them wear shirts as a reminder?  Allergy bracelets?  


What about my daughter with skin issues do I tell them that? How about the one who has a harder time adjusting??  Ok where is that bubble to keep them in or that homeschool teacher I forgot to hire… So I can control EVERYTHING?!?


But really…One of my guys really DOES have severe food allergies. I have taught him about his allergens. He knows not to eat anything I haven’t sent with him.  The school only allows store bought snacks. And I took snacks for him to have when they celebrate birthdays in class. The teacher is someone I know and trust but still…this one could be serious and life threatening and I have pretty much been in control of him and his food for over 6 years!  
Will his teacher teach the kids this info?  Will the parents honor that?  Do they understand the severity of it? 


The pic above needs to be taught to kids who aren’t familiar. Parents please teach your kids if  they have something my son can’t have don’t touch him, don’t offer him anything and please please please don’t tease him. 

My boy is tough and doesn’t care, but some kid do. My youngest daughter suffered from severe, painful, ugly, yucky, oozy eczema. 


This is a common issue with kids with food allergies. My son does not have skin issues and my daughter doesn’t exhibit any signs of food sensitivity, thankfully! BUT if you see a kid with red, painful, scaly skin know they are probably battling a couple different beasts. Give them a smile, encourage your child to be a good friend. And teach them to think about them and their differences.  

On a similar but different note, we also have a son with a food dye sensitivity. His isn’t as severe as the one with the tree but allergy, but I’ll tell you what makes this mom as heart burst…


You just can’t believe the kindness his friends extend to him. I have had many moms call me and say, “Hey my son wants to know what doesn’t have dye in it so he can serve it at his party!” The kids don’t want my son to feel different and they want him to be included. Those parents have amazing kids and I am greatful. 
We do not want or expect people to do anything different for our kids, but it is kind to know they will!  

If you know anyone who suffers from food sensitivity, life threatening, or not skin conditions or any other difference send them our way.  We want to embrace those like us, cherish our differences and learn about others who are different than us. 

Cooking 

Please raise your hand if you like cooking.

 

I am eating a high protein/low carb fare. What recipes can you share with me?  


I would love any SIMPLE, easy prep, not a lot of ingredient recipes!  

One of my favorites is Parmesan Italian Chicken. 

Recipe taken from kraft.com. I prefer the shredded cheese over grated.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese

1 envelope of Good Seasonings Italian Dressing 

1/2 tsp. Garlic powder

6 small chicken breasts (1-1.5 lbs)

  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Mix cheese, garlic and seasoning
  3. Moisten chicken with water and coat in cheese mixture
  4. Place in shallow baking dish
  5. Bake 20-25 min until chicken has met internal temp of 165 degrees

Let me know if you try this!  We LOVE it!  

Crockpot rotisserie chicken 

INGREDIENTS:
WHOLE CHICKEN (3.5-4LBS)

2 TABLESPOON PAPRIKA

½ TSP CAYENNE PEPPER (OPTIONAL)

1.5 TSP ONION POWDER

2 TBSP GARLIC POWDER

1 TSP SALT

½ TSP BLACK PEPPER

  
Put all ingredients in a small bowl and stir in water by the teaspoon until a past forms. Spray slow cooker with olive oil Pam and place chicken in with breast side up. Coat the chicken inside and out with the paste. Cover and cook on low 6-7 hours or high 3.5-4.5 hours. Thickest part of thigh should be 180 degrees. 

Serve with rice or rolls and veggies!  

Quick! Healthy and Delicious!  

Crockpot beef taco

Ingredient:

  
1 lb  Ground beef 

1 can rotel

1 taco seasoning packet

Stick ground beef, rotel and taco seasoning in crockpot set to low 5-6 hours stir in between time if you can if not break up beef when done. My kids like to add sour cream and shredded cheese. Serve with tortillas and rice. 

This was sooooo easy and good!  

Healthy Chicken Marinara 

Easy recipe! And yummy. Serve with favorite veggie (green beans with ranch seasoning tonight) And we typicall enjoy with rolls!

Ingredients:

Thawed chicken breast

Marinara sauce 

Mozerella cheese (when I am on a cleanse I avoid dairy) 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Then take chicken breasts and put into a 9×13 dish cover with marinara sauce of your choice. My favorite is Classico tomato and basil

 
Put in oven and cook for 20-25 min. Or until internal temp reaches 165 degrees.

Yes, THAT IS IT!  

  

Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Pasta

Recipe feeds our family of 6 close to 2 meals and warms up DELISH!

 Ingredients:

1 lbs chicken breast (frozen will work) salt and pepper to taste

1 can cream of chicken soup 

1/2 cup wing sauce (we do mild to avoid too much kick)

1 can mild rotel ( if you want it more spicy get original or hot I will probably just use diced tomatoes next time as ours was too spicy for the kids this time)

1.5 cups shredded mozzarella

1/2 cup ranch 

1.5 cups sour cream (if too spicy you can add another dollop when you serve) 

One box penne pasta 
Steps:

Place chicken in slow cooker and season with salt and pepper 

Add chicken soup and rotel 

Cook in high 2-3 hours or low 4-6 

Turn cooker to warm, shred the chicken and mix in the ranch, cheese and sour cream 

Cook pasta, drain and add it to the crockpot. Stir in and serve.